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SAN FRANCISCO, Californie--(Marketwired - May 5, 2017) - Le Groupe d'opérateurs de réseaux d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes (LACNOG) a établi un nouveau groupe de travail visant à servir de voix régionale dans la communauté mondiale de la lutte contre les abus. Le Groupe de travail portant sur la lutte contre les abus d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes (LAC-AAWG) convoquera des experts des communautés régionales d'opérateurs de réseaux et du Groupe de travail portant sur la messagerie, les logiciels malveillants et la lutte contre les abus par voie mobile pour encourager le dialogue dans le secteur, développer des recommandations et promouvoir les meilleures pratiques de protection des activités en ligne. Le LAC-AAWG tiendra sa première assemblée en personne lors de LACNIC 27 à Foz do Iguaçu, au Brésil, du 22 au 26 mai, où il fait équipe avec le M3AAWG pour organiser des séances de discussions ouvertes et fiables sur les questions de lutte contre les abus et les meilleures pratiques. Ces séances sont coordonnées par les présidents et fondateurs du LAC-AAWG, Lucimara Desiderá, analyste de la sécurité de CERT.br (Centre national d'alerte et de réaction aux attaques informatiques du Brésil), qui est maintenu par le Centre d'informations réseau brésilien (NIC.br), et Christian O'Flaherty, responsable du développement sénior de l'ISOC pour l'Amérique latine et les Caraïbes. « Le LAC-AAWG a été créé pour permettre aux opérateurs de réseaux régionaux et aux experts de la lutte contre les abus de partager leurs préoccupations sur les menaces en ligne actuelles et émergentes, discuter des processus validés par leurs pairs afin de réduire les abus et développer des meilleures pratiques traitant les problèmes locaux et mondiaux. Son concept est qu'une implication locale est essentielle pour prendre en considération nos spécificités et qu'un engagement mondial est nécessaire pour rester au courant des toutes dernières menaces traversant Internet et aider à développer des opérations qui les réduiront », a déclaré Mme Desiderá. Depuis sa création en 2004, le M3AAWG insiste sur l'importance d'une coopération mondiale au sein de la communauté en ligne afin de combattre les spams, le hameçonnage, la fraude et les autres cybercrimes, et s'efforce de fournir un pôle de confiance où les experts en politiques et en sécurité peuvent partager des informations. Des participants de 26 pays ont assisté à la 39e Assemblée générale de quatre jours du M3AAWG tenue à San Francisco en février et son assemblée européenne annuelle se déroulera du 12 au 15 juin à Lisbonne, au Portugal. L'année dernière, le M3AAWG a commencé à chercher des moyens d'améliorer la collaboration avec les communautés d'opérateurs d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes. Résultat : le LACNIC (Centre d'informations réseau d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes) et le M3AAWG ont formé un partenariat afin de partager de l'expertise et des informations pouvant réduire l'abus régional et mondial. Le développement du LAC-AAWG en tant que groupe de travail indépendant au sein du LACNOG est l'un des résultats de ces efforts. Ce partenariat a aussi ouvert la voie aux membres du M3AAWG pour fournir des formations sur l'hébergement d'opérations de lutte contre les abus et travailler avec les communautés régionales sur les meilleures pratiques. Severin Walker, présidente du M3AAWG, a déclaré : « Comme les cyber-criminels ignorent les frontières et ne se préoccupent que d'escroquer les victimes ciblées, la réalité est que nous faisons tous face à des logiciels malveillants et menaces semblables. Il va sans dire que les abus et la sécurité en ligne sont des problèmes à la fois locaux et internationaux. Nous applaudissons le LACNOG, et apprécions les efforts du LACNIC, pour la création de ce nouveau forum servant de modèle de participation locale et d'engagement mondial. Il s'agit d'une approche ingénieuse qui pourrait efficacement être appliquée à d'autres régions. » À propos du M3AAWG (Groupe de travail portant sur la messagerie, les logiciels malveillants et la lutte contre les abus par voie mobile) Le Groupe de travail portant sur la messagerie, les logiciels malveillants et la lutte contre les abus par voie mobile (M3AAWG) rassemble les acteurs du secteur pour lutter d'une voix unie contre les bots, les logiciels malveillants, les spams, les virus, les attaques par déni de service et d'autres cas de cyberexploitation. Le M3AAWG (www.m3aawg.org) représente plus d'un milliard de boîtes de réception appartenant à certains des plus grands opérateurs de réseaux du monde. Le groupe s'appuie sur le sérieux et l'expérience de ses membres à travers le monde pour s'attaquer aux abus sur les réseaux existants et au sein des nouveaux services émergents en exploitant la technologie, la collaboration et les politiques publiques. Ce dernier se consacre également à la sensibilisation des décideurs mondiaux aux questions techniques et opérationnelles liées à la messagerie et l'abus en ligne. Basé à San Francisco, en Californie, le M3AAWG est axé sur les besoins du marché et soutenu par de grands opérateurs de réseaux et des fournisseurs de messagerie. Une liste complète des membres est disponible à l'adresse http://www.m3aawg.org/about/roster.


SAN FRANCISCO, Kalifornien, USA--(Marketwired - May 5, 2017) - Die Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators Group (LACNOG) hat eine neue Arbeitsgruppe gegründet, die als regionale Stimme in der weltweiten Community zur Missbrauchsbekämpfung fungieren wird. Die neue LAC Anti-Abuse Working Group (LAC-AAWG) wird Experten aus den Communitys der regionalen Netzbetreiber und der global agierenden Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group zusammenrufen, um den Branchendialog zu fördern, Empfehlungen zu erarbeiten und die Verbreitung bewährter Vorgehensweisen zu unterstützen. LAC-AAWG wird das erste persönliche Treffen vom 22. bis zum 26. Mai in LACNIC 27 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brasilien, abhalten Bei diesem Treffen wird die Arbeitsgruppe gemeinsam mit M3AAWG in einem vertrauenswürdigen Rahmen offene Gesprächsrunden über Probleme und bewährte Vorgehensweisen in der Missbrauchsbekämpfung organisieren. Koordiniert werden diese Gesprächsrunden von den LAC-AAWG-Gründungsvorständen Lucimara Desiderá, Wertpapieranalystin bei CERT.br (brasilianische Computer Emergency Response Team), das vom brasilianischen Network Information Center (NIC.br) unterhalten wird, und Christian O'Flaherty, ISOC Senior Development Manager für Lateinamerika und die Karibik. „LAC-AAWG wurde als ein Ort geschaffen, an dem regionale Netzbetreiber und Experten im Bereich Missbrauchsbekämpfung sich über ihre Befürchtungen in Bezug auf aktuelle und aufkommende Online-Bedrohungen austauschen, von ihren Kollegen validierte Verfahren zur Eindämmung von Missbrauch diskutieren und bewährte Vorgehensweisen entwickeln können, die sich sowohl lokalen als auch globalen Problemen widmen. Die zugrunde liegende Idee ist, dass lokale Mitwirkung unerlässlich ist, um unsere regionalen Eigenheiten zu berücksichtigen, und globales Engagement ist erforderlich, um über die neuesten, im Internet kursierenden Bedrohungen auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben und die Entwicklung von Aktionen zu ihrer Abwehr zu unterstützen“, so Desiderá. Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2004 hat die M3AAWG betont, wie wichtig eine globale Zusammenarbeit innerhalb der Online-Community im Kampf gegen Spam, Phishing, Betrug und sonstige Cyberkriminalität ist, und hat daran gearbeitet, einen sicheren Veranstaltungsort bereitzustellen, wo Sicherheits- und Richtlinienexperten Informationen austauschen können. Teilnehmer aus 26 Ländern nahmen im Februar an dem viertägigen 39. General Meeting der M3AAWG in San Francisco teil, und vom 12. bis zum 15. Juni wird in Lissabon, Portugal, ihr jährliches europäisches Treffen stattfinden. Die Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) ist die Schnittstelle, an der die Branche zusammenkommt, um gemeinsam gegen Bots, Malware, Spam, Viren, Denial-of-Service-Attacken und andere Online-Angriffe vorzugehen. Die Mitglieder der M3AAWG (www.m3aawg.org) repräsentieren über eine Milliarde Mailboxen einiger der größten Netzbetreiber weltweit. Dabei nutzt die Vereinigung die Fachkenntnis und Erfahrung ihrer weltweiten Mitglieder, um mithilfe von Technologie, Zusammenarbeit und Ordre public gegen den Missbrauch bereits bestehender Netzwerke und neuer Dienste vorzugehen. Sie informiert darüber hinaus Entscheidungsträger weltweit über technische und operative Probleme im Zusammenhang mit Online-Missbrauch und Messaging. Die M3AAWG hat ihren Hauptsitz in San Francisco im US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien und wird durch die Anforderungen des Marktes gelenkt sowie von den führenden Netzwerkbetreibern und Anbietern von Messaging-Services unterstützt. M3AAWG-Vorstand: AT&T, CenturyLink; Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast; dotmailer; Endurance International Group; Facebook; Google; LinkedIn; Mailchimp; Microsoft Corp.; Orange; Rackspace; Return Path; SendGrid, Inc.; Vade Secure und Yahoo Inc. M3AAWG-Vollmitglieder: 1&1 Internet AG; Adobe Systems Inc.; Agora, Inc.; AOL; Campaign Monitor Pty.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; CloudFlare; Dyn; Exact Target, Inc.; IBM; iContact; Intel Security; Internet Initiative Japan; Liberty Global; Listrak; Litmus; Mimecast; Nominum, Inc.; Oracle Marketing Cloud; OVH; PayPal; Proofpoint; Spamhaus; Sparkpost; Sprint; Symantec und USAA.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 4, 2017) - The Latin American and Caribbean Network Operators Group (LACNOG) has chartered a new working group to serve as a regional voice in the global anti-abuse community. The new LAC Anti-Abuse Working Group (LAC-AAWG) will convene experts from regional network operator communities and the global Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group to encourage industry dialogue, develop recommendations and advance best practices for safeguarding online activities. LAC-AAWG will hold its first face-to-face meeting at LACNIC 27 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, May 22-26, where it is partnering with M3AAWG to organize trusted, open-discussion sessions on anti-abuse issues and best practices. These sessions are being coordinated by LAC-AAWG founding chairs Lucimara Desiderá, security analyst at CERT.br (Brazilian National Computer Emergency Response Team) which is maintained by the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br), and Christian O'Flaherty, ISOC senior development manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. "LAC-AAWG was created to be a place where regional network operators and anti-abuse experts can share their concerns about current and emerging online threats, discuss processes validated by their peers to reduce abuse, and develop best practices that address both local and global issues. The concept is that local involvement is essential to consider our specificities and global engagement is necessary to stay abreast of the latest threats traversing the internet and to help develop operations that will mitigate them," Desiderá said. Since its founding in 2004, M3AAWG has emphasized the importance of global cooperation within the online community in fighting spam, phishing, fraud and other cybercrime and has worked to provide a trusted venue where security and policy experts can share information. Participants from 26 countries attended the four-day M3AAWG 39th General Meeting in San Francisco in February and its annual European meeting will be June 12-15 in Lisbon, Portugal. Last year, M3AAWG began to explore means to improve collaboration with the LAC operator communities. As a result, LACNIC (the LAC Network Information Center) and M3AAWG formed a partnership to share expertise and information that could reduce regional and global abuse. The development of LAC-AAWG as an independent working group within LACNOG is one outcome of those efforts. The partnership also has paved the way for M3AAWG members to provide training on hosting anti-abuse operations and to work with the regional community on anti-abuse best practices. M3AAWG Chairman Severin Walker said, "Because cyber criminals ignore borders and only care about scamming the targeted victims, the reality is that we all face similar threats and malware. There is no question that online security and abuse are both local and international issues. We applaud LACNOG, and appreciate the efforts of LACNIC, in creating this new forum as a model of local participation and global engagement. It is a resourceful approach that could be effectively applied in other regions." About the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) is where the industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. M3AAWG (www.m3aawg.org) members represent more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. It leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public policy. It also works to educate global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging. Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., M3AAWG is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers. M3AAWG Board of Directors: AT&T; CenturyLink; Cloudmark, Inc.; Comcast; dotmailer; Endurance International Group; Facebook; Google; LinkedIn; Mailchimp; Microsoft Corp.; Orange; Rackspace; Return Path; SendGrid, Inc.; Vade Secure; and Yahoo Inc. M3AAWG Full Members: 1&1 Internet AG; Adobe Systems Inc.; Agora, Inc.; AOL; Campaign Monitor Pty.; Cisco Systems, Inc.; CloudFlare; Dyn; Exact Target, Inc.; IBM; iContact; Intel Security; Internet Initiative Japan; Liberty Global; Listrak; Litmus; Mimecast; Nominum, Inc.; Oracle Marketing Cloud; OVH; PayPal; Proofpoint; Spamhaus; Sparkpost; Sprint; Symantec; and USAA. A complete member list is available at http://www.m3aawg.org/about/roster.


News Article | October 27, 2016
Site: www.greentechmedia.com

The New York Power Authority is already a major user of smart grid technologies. With one of the country’s biggest smart energy R&D labs, big investments to ease the flow of wind power, and its New York Energy Manager platform that’s crunching data from more than 1,000 public buildings, the oldest public power organization is embracing the future. Now it’s turning to General Electric to sensor and analyze its 16 power plants and 1,400 miles of transmission lines as part of a $1 billion investment in asset performance analytics that’s expected to yield $2 billion in savings over the next decade. It’s the biggest system-wide deployment yet for GE’s Predix analytics platform, the software brains behind the company’s “Industrial Internet” of sensored and networked equipment and devices. It will start at four of NYPA’s natural gas-fired peaker plants, with asset performance management (APM) software that will predict failures, conduct preventative maintenance and other efficiency-boosting tasks. But eventually, it will grow to include the integrated smart operations center (ISOC) that NYPA is building, CEO Gil Quiniones said. This central command center for its power plant and grid operations, customer-side operations, and its emergency response coordination will use GE’s Predix platform to tie together the various operations software platforms in use, like the energy management system (EMS) from Alstom Grid, which was acquired by GE. “Think of it as a decision support system in terms of how we run our assets and how we invest in our assets,” Quiniones said. “Largely, we will suck information from our existing EMS and SCADA systems. But we’re also deploying sensors strategically, wherever there’s a data point we need to correlate." Using that data, GE’s software will create “digital twins, or avatars, of each of our pieces of equipment -- our power plants, our substations, our power lines,” he said. These virtual models, built from real-time and historical data, can predict turbine failures days before they occur, or model the likely life remaining in individual parts within a machine to inform maintenance schedules -- items that add significant cost to running power plants. For a typical gas turbine, “our solutions can deliver up to $50 million in net present value,” said Niloy Sanyal, chief marketing officer for GE’s digital power team. GE is already doing a lot of asset analytics at the four power plants where NYPA is starting its project. “Right off the bat, we have about 65 percent coverage to all of their assets," said Sanyal. Future release cycles will bring that coverage up to 80 percent by year’s end, all without new sensors. The “digital twin” is GE’s way of describing the models it builds from “data that’s coming from across the enterprise, not just one source at a time.” The Predix platform, which GE built itself after trying out other big data platforms from Pivotal and other companies, uses physics-based and statistical algorithms to model and predict how assets will perform in real time. GE competitors like Siemens and ABB offer similar asset management systems (AMS), with projects to match the scale of what GE is doing at NYPA. But GE’s software is also “at the heart of the NYPA operations center,” Sanyal said, opening the potential to use the Predix platform’s analytics capabilities for grid assets as well. While that’s not part of the project announced last week, Quiniones said that NYPA plans to roll out the software to all of its 16 power plants, as well as to some transmission lines and substations, over the coming years. That could give it better information on how much capacity it has left on a critical transmission lines when upstate wind power is peaking, or the ability to optimize different power plants based on their relative cost to produce across the course of the day. NYPA is also applying data analytics to the 1,000-and-counting public buildings it’s collecting data on through its Energy Manager platform, Quiniones noted. “I’d say by 2018 or so, we will have developed digital twins, or avatars, of every device in our customers’ premises.” New York is in the midst of transforming its energy sector through its Reforming the Energy Vision initiative -- a regulatory overhaul meant to transform the state’s utilities into platform providers for distributed energy resources (DERs) like solar, batteries, EVs and demand response that could help the state reach its clean energy goals. Utilities like Consolidated Edison and National Grid have pilot projects integrating DERs at the distribution grid level, and are expected to file their plans for providing distribution system services with the state’s Public Services Commission later this year. NYPA doesn’t own or operate distribution grid assets, but as the provider of about one-fifth of the state’s power, it will have a significant role to play in the future envisioned under REV. Once its ISOC is set up, “we’ll have a strategic operations center that will monitor not only the health of our assets, but our communications and software, our cybersecurity, our physical security, and that then can be easily converted into an emergency management and response center," said Quiniones.


News Article | November 23, 2016
Site: phys.org

Luckily, there's a solution: Hypnoguard, powerful new software developed by Concordia University researchers to safeguard data even when computer is in sleep mode. Sweet dreams are made of this "Protecting data is especially difficult when a computer goes to sleep, which happens when a laptop's lid is closed, or after a certain period of user inactivity," explains PhD candidate Lianying Zhao. He explains that if a computer in this mode falls into the wrong hands, a malicious person can extract the data found in the machine's random-access memory (RAM) in a number of technical ways. "It's been a known problem for several years, but no one's proposed a viable way to solve it. Until now." You are getting sleepy ... Zhao developed the Hynoguard system with Mohammad Mannan, an associate professor with the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering., It's designed to protect "data-in-sleep." When installed, the system encrypts the computer's RAM before it enters sleep mode, and then decrypts the data upon waking with hardware-backed uncircumventible user re-authentication. "The entire process is transparent to the user, who simply enters a regular 'unlock' password when the computer wakes up," explains Mannan. "There's almost no impact on usability. For an average computer with eight gigabytes of memory, the process only takes about a second." He and Zhao designed the system by carefully integrating password-based authentication with widely available hardware security features in modern consumer-grade computers. They unveiled their work at the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security this October in Vienna. Coming to a laptop near you Having just filed a provisional US patent for the system, Mannan and Zhao hope that members of the general population as well as corporate and state users will soon be able to use Hypnoguard to protect critical data. "Professionals for whom security is paramount—people like government agents, journalists and businessmen—should benefit the most in terms of protecting secrets in RAM. If their computer is lost or stolen, or if they are forced to reveal their password, Hypnoguard will provide that extra layer of protection. And if it's combined with Gracewipe, another of our security systems, both RAM and disk data will be safe against password guessing and coercion attacks." Explore further: Will the hack of 500 million Yahoo accounts get everyone to protect their passwords? More information: 1. Read the Hypnoguard paper from the ACM Conference proceedings. 2. Read the Gracewipe paper from the ISOC proceedings.


News Article | November 23, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Montreal, November 23, 2016 -- In the age of WikiLeaks, Russian hacks and increased government surveillance, many computer users are feeling increasingly worried about how best to protect their personal information -- even if they aren't guarding state secrets. Luckily, there's a solution: Hypnoguard, powerful new software developed by Concordia University researchers to safeguard data even when computer is in sleep mode. Sweet dreams are made of this "Protecting data is especially difficult when a computer goes to sleep, which happens when a laptop's lid is closed, or after a certain period of user inactivity," explains PhD candidate Lianying Zhao. He explains that if a computer in this mode falls into the wrong hands, a malicious person can extract the data found in the machine's random-access memory (RAM) in a number of technical ways. "It's been a known problem for several years, but no one's proposed a viable way to solve it. Until now." You are getting sleepy ... Zhao developed the Hynoguard system with Mohammad Mannan, an associate professor with the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering., It's designed to protect "data-in-sleep." When installed, the system encrypts the computer's RAM before it enters sleep mode, and then decrypts the data upon waking with hardware-backed uncircumventible user re-authentication. "The entire process is transparent to the user, who simply enters a regular 'unlock' password when the computer wakes up," explains Mannan. "There's almost no impact on usability. For an average computer with eight gigabytes of memory, the process only takes about a second." He and Zhao designed the system by carefully integrating password-based authentication with widely available hardware security features in modern consumer-grade computers. They unveiled their work at the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security this October in Vienna. Coming to a laptop near you Having just filed a provisional US patent for the system, Mannan and Zhao hope that members of the general population as well as corporate and state users will soon be able to use Hypnoguard to protect critical data. "Professionals for whom security is paramount -- people like government agents, journalists and businessmen -- should benefit the most in terms of protecting secrets in RAM. If their computer is lost or stolen, or if they are forced to reveal their password, Hypnoguard will provide that extra layer of protection. And if it's combined with Gracewipe, another of our security systems, both RAM and disk data will be safe against password guessing and coercion attacks." Read the Hypnoguard paper from the ACM Conference proceedings. Read the Gracewipe paper from the ISOC proceedings.


News Article | December 7, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

GUADALAJARA, Mexico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a United Nations-convened conference taking place in Mexico, 6-9 December, the Internet Society urged the global Internet community to redouble its efforts in addressing the wave of unprecedented challenges facing the Internet. Speaking to representatives from governments, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and academics from around the world, the Internet Society’s President and CEO Kathryn Brown, stressed the importance of the Internet in creating social and economic opportunity, in accelerating human progress and in developing knowledge-based societies. She also implored the Community to engage in addressing the hard challenges that have arisen for the Internet in the 21st century. “The open, trusted, global Internet has delivered on its promise as a tool to change lives, enhance growth and provide essential human services – but the progress is uneven and threatened by challenges that have grown, just as the Internet has grown,” said Ms. Brown at the IGF Opening Ceremony. “Now is the moment to tackle the most important challenges before us to advance our shared objective of bringing the Internet to everyone, everywhere.” The lack of affordable access to the Internet and the disparity in levels of access across the world remains a key challenge for the Internet. With just under half of the global population expected to be online by the end of 2016, Internet growth rates are slowing, resulting in a deepening digital divide between those with access and those without. Deploying infrastructure, increasing usability, and ensuring affordability are critical for expanding Internet access and globally eliminating divisions in society, as are the policy frameworks to enable this. In addition, issues such as blocking of content, privacy, mass surveillance, cybercrime, hacking, and fake news are all contributing to what is now a growing global erosion of trust amongst users. “Multiple security issues are damaging user confidence and have emerged as the existential threat to the future of the Internet. We must act now to reverse this trend,” added Brown. The consequences of security and access challenges are in sharp focus in Mexico. As Internet adoption and connectivity continue to grow, with 45% of the population online, so do the number of cyber-attacks. In fact, Mexico ranks as the second country with the largest number of cyber-attacks in Latin America after Brazil, with a 40% increase in reported cyber-attacks in 2014 alone. The Internet Society will use IGF this week to emphasize the importance of stakeholder participation in matters of access, trust and security. The Internet Society believes that governments should not act unilaterally in responding to legitimate safety and security concerns. Rather, it is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to act locally in contributing to a global effort to maintain and increase trust in the Internet, while safeguarding the rights of users. In her address, Ms. Brown reiterated the outcome of the WSIS+10 Review meeting in December 2015, at which governments around the world recommitted themselves to the principle of the inclusive, multistakeholder model for Internet governance as the best way to build the Internet of the future. “We still have time – but there is urgency,” she concluded. “We must work together now to solve these significant emerging challenges facing the Internet, using the value in the multistakeholder model and the power of collaboration to offer solutions for connecting the unconnected and increasing user trust.” Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet into the future. Together with its growing global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society supports Internet-led innovation, promotes the use of best practice technologies and encourages the adoption of policies that enable universal access to a globally connected, trusted Internet. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).


News Article | December 19, 2015
Site: motherboard.vice.com

The UN wants the control of the internet to remain safe out of the hands of international governments––at least for the next decade. In a ten-year review of internet policies laid out at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005, UN representatives from more than 190 countries came to a decision internet freedom advocates are calling “successful,” declaring control of the internet should remain in the private sector. The consensus came after days of debate and input from a variety of government representatives and non-governmental stakeholders, including internet freedom non-profit the Internet Society (ISOC). The UN released a resolution document as the outcome of the meeting, which covered four main areas: internet accessibility, human rights and free speech, internet governance, and internet security. The document is not legally binding, but sets the tone for internet governance for the next decade until another meeting is held. In it, they expressed commitment to a multi-stakeholder model of internet governance and a renewal of the Tunis Agenda, a consensus made in 2005 that called for lightweight internet governance and the creation of the Internet Governance forum, an annual multi-stakeholder meeting on internet policy. Constance Bommelaer, senior director of global internet policy at ISOC told Motherboard by phone these discussions are particularly important because they serve as framework in emerging economies as they become more connected. “As the internet has come to affect all the layers of our life, we must decide, how do we build an informational society, and what are the founding principles we want to organize this society on?” she said. She added that the meeting came at an integral time for internet governance as some governments have made moves to crack down on internet freedom in an effort to thwart terrorism following the recent attacks in Paris. Some governments have proposed internet borders and state-centric policies in their wake, something ISOC would like to create stricter measures against. “We know that if you want to have benefits to come out of the internet we need to keep it as a global space, and we should avoid any development that would fragment it,” she said. “We would have liked to have seen more explicit text recognizing this at the forum. Also at the meeting was a recognition of the major role that yearly meeting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) plays, and that human rights online must be protected as they are offline. “We reaffirm our common desire and commitment to the World Summit on the Information Society vision to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improving their quality of life,” the final decision reads. Bommelaer said despite the positive outcome of the forum, she expects the proposals of censorship and other points of tension to re emerge in coming years. “We need the global internet community to stay alert and remain mobilized to address the challenges ahead,” she said.

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